Workhorse, together with its distribution and service partner, Ryder System, put on the road the first of its N-GEN new all-electric vans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Workhorse N-GEN is equipped with 60 kWh battery for up to 100 miles (160 km) of real-world range.
The first unit (leased by Ryder System) will be tested by an undisclosed local package delivery firm prior to hundreds more being produced.
The all-wheel-drive electric Workhorse N-Gen
"The companies are not disclosing the name of the delivery business “because they want to really test the vans before going public,” said Steve Burns, Workhorse’s chief executive. “But these are real vans, not concepts, and they will be delivering hundreds of packages a day,” he told Trucks.com."
Besides the N-GEN prototype in San Francisco, 50 larger vans were recently ordered by UPS.
Workhorse hopes to put 2,000 N-GEN vans on the road by the end of this year, which sounds pretty ambitious.
"Designed from the ground up by American original equipment manufacturer Workhorse, the cargo vans were built to be the safest, most efficient last-mile delivery and work truck system available. With ultra-low floors and a high roof design, they are built to improve worker efficiency and reduce physical stress on the knees and back, while maximizing cargo space in a small footprint.
As an integrated component of Workhorse's offering, Ryder will support the electric vehicles with a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of the Ryder SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio. Ryder offers a network of 800 maintenance facilities across North America to support the Workhorse electric vehicle fleet, maximizing uptime, lowering costs and keeping businesses moving.
The N-GEN vans feature fast charging capabilities and achieve 100 miles all electric range. Standard is all-wheel drive and superior turning radius for a light class vehicle. The built-in Workhorse Metron telematics system tracks all parameters in real time to optimize performance and efficiency. Design options will include collision avoidance system, automatic braking, lane centering warning and optional patented HorseFly unmanned package delivery drone."
Duane Hughes, Workhorse President and COO said:
"Rolling out this history making fleet of N-GEN vans in one of the most innovative cities in America is something myself and the entire team are extremely proud of. This deployment is the first step towards transitioning the largest growing segment in the truck business into a zero-emission stronghold."